WP7 "Mango" update: everything to know

After a lot of waiting and anticipation, the next big revision of Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, Windows Phone 7.5 codenamed “Mango” is finally here for most users. Updates to Windows Phone devices should be rolling out across carriers worldwide in the upcoming days, so we’re letting you know what is in store if you have a Windows phone device.

Release Schedule

Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” has been released officially today by Microsoft, and the vast majority of carriers are delivering the update right now. We have compiled a list below of all carriers receiving the update now, and those that are slightly behind in their rollouts - keep in mind that this list may change over time as new information arises, and check the Where's my phone update? page for further developments.

If your carrier/device has received the Mango update but isn’t listed below, please comment to let us know.

Carriers delivering Mango

  • AT&T (with exceptions)
  • T-Mobile
  • Verizon
  • Sprint
  • Bell Canada
  • Sasktel
  • Rogers
  • Telus
  • Three/Hutchison Group
  • Vodafone
  • Orange
  • O2
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Telstra
  • Optus
  • SFR
  • Ericom
  • eMobile
  • Telecom Italia
  • Telcel
  • SingTel
  • Starhub
  • Open Market Phones (without a carrier)

Delayed Mango rollouts

To update to WP7 Mango (build 7.10.7720.68) from a public build you must have the previous public NoDo (7.0.7392.0) update installed; for developers running the beta builds of Mango you should be able to upgrade after you install the Friends and Family update. The download will be available through your device in conjunction with the Zune PC software.

If you are too earger to wait for Mango on your device, you can force it to update. Check out this handy guide to know what to do.

Features

Several months ago Microsoft mentioned that the Mango update will be bringing over 500 new features to the smartphone platform. Many of these features are minor and not worth mentioning, but of course there are several major features that will improve the overall Windows Phone 7 experience.

First off, the WP7 browser gets an upgrade to Internet Explorer 9, along with HTML5 support and GPU hardware acceleration. Bing features will also get an upgrade including Bing Vision, search by voice and Music Search so you can search by other media than just text.

Multitasking is another hotly anticipated feature for Mango. Through a simple update for apps on the developer’s side, users can run apps in the background and easily hot-swap between them with ease. Live Tiles also get an update for easier dynamic content retrieval without needing apps to be open.

The People app also sees a massive overhaul, with the inclusion of full Twitter and LinkedIn integration, Windows Live Messenger Chat and Messages for easy instant messaging in the one conversation and Facebook check-ins and Chat. Hands-free messaging will be available thanks to speech-to-text and a linked inbox will be included to combine email accounts and give a conversation view.

Other major apps to receive upgrades will be the Marketplace (for better navigation), the Office Hub (for SkyDrive and Office 365 support), the Games Hub (revamped), Bing Maps (turn-by-turn navigation) and support for custom ringtones in the settings. Support for more languages will also be included.

On the hardware side, Mango brings support for front-facing cameras, and while no first-generation WP7 devices have this feature, future devices (listed below) such as the HTC Radar will bring support.

Stay tuned for Neowin's full Windows Phone 7 Mango review, which should be coming soon.

Upcoming WP7 Mango Devices

There are also several upcoming devices that will be powered by Windows Phone 7 “Mango.” If you’re still unsure about buying a device, then perhaps check the list below to see if any of the upcoming WP7 devices takes your fancy; their respective release dates are also included.

HTC
HTC RadarEarly October
HTC TitanEarly October

Samsung
Samsung Omnia WLate October
Samsung Focus S“Fall”
Samsung Focus FlashConfirmed for AT&T, unknown release

Nokia
Nokia “Sea Ray”Unconfirmed device, Q4 release possible

Acer
Acer W4 – October

ZTE
ZTE TaniaConfirmed, unknown release

The Future

The Mango upgrade is certainly not the end of the Windows Phone 7 story, in fact there are two rumored upgrades still in the works. The first is Windows Phone 7 "Tango", the immediate successor to Mango that is supposed to be a minor update, possibly to enable Microsoft to expand the realms of Windows Phone into developing markets and onto lower-end devices to compete with Android. Not much else is known about this update at this stage.

Even less is known about the second update, codenamed at this stage to be "Apollo." Currently rumor has it that Apollo will be Windows Phone 8 with a rough release date of 2012 alongside Windows 8.

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I have just done the disconnect hack on zune for an O2 HTC HD7 and I am loving the update. Sometime next week I am going to have a drive around with scout and see my local sights and sounds. Good one MS.

Stup0t said,
I have just done the disconnect hack on zune for an O2 HTC HD7 and I am loving the update. Sometime next week I am going to have a drive around with scout and see my local sights and sounds. Good one MS.

I did the same with my Samsung Omnia 7, loving the new features

I got the update... so happy, but at the same time.... disappointed

I thought there would be an option to manually set up MMS, because the only app available (Connection Setup) does not work for me.

I want it!

but i guess i will have to try later. just like when you call those tv shows and they are like "oh im sorry you are wrong, but you can keep calling and see if you can try it again!" i feel dissapointed like that, when i plugged my phone and it didn't find any update.

markizvonschnitzel said,
what about unlocked devices?

Those are the "Open Market Phones" mentioned in the article

"over 500 new features", "Many of these features are minor and not worth mentioning "..

Many or majority, are minor ?

Still waiting to see a list of those 500 NEW (not updated/upgraded) features.

alexalex said,
"over 500 new features", "Many of these features are minor and not worth mentioning "..

Many or majority, are minor ?

Still waiting to see a list of those 500 NEW (not updated/upgraded) features.

Many are dev features, so they'll result in better apps, but there won't be a new button for it

/Things like fast app resume and background tasks

alexalex said,
"over 500 new features", "Many of these features are minor and not worth mentioning "..

Many or majority, are minor ?

Still waiting to see a list of those 500 NEW (not updated/upgraded) features.

Most of the features for end users are new, name another phone that integrates with Facebook, Twitter AND Linked In as well as Windows Live?

How about Threads in the messaging app, name another phone that allows you to carry on the same conversation across Windows Live, Facebook Chat and Text Message using the same integrated application?

Those are just two of them, I bet you can't name another mobile OS that can do all that natively.

Edited by neo158, Sep 27 2011, 3:14pm :

neo158 said,

Most of the features for end users are new, name another phone that integrates with Facebook, Twitter AND Linked In as well as Windows Live?

How about Threads in the messaging app, name another phone that allows you to carry on the same conversation across Windows Live, Facebook Chat and Text Message using the same integrated application?

Those are just two of them, I bet you can't name another mobile OS that can do all that natively.

Did I mention another mobile OS ? Why promote WP7 as bringing
500 new features when 490 are not for the end user ?

alexalex said,

Did I mention another mobile OS ? Why promote WP7 as bringing
500 new features when 490 are not for the end user ?

Because they can still benefit the end user?

alexalex said,
"over 500 new features", "

Many of the 500 features are new developer APIs.
The potential for app diversity increases exponentially by adding new developer APIs.

alexalex said,
"over 500 new features", "Many of these features are minor and not worth mentioning "..

Many or majority, are minor ?

Still waiting to see a list of those 500 NEW (not updated/upgraded) features.

What, were you expecting 500 new hubs?

A new feature being added to an existing section of an app is still a new feature... Kind of common understanding / practice there...

alexalex said,
"over 500 new features", "Many of these features are minor and not worth mentioning "..

Many or majority, are minor ?

Still waiting to see a list of those 500 NEW (not updated/upgraded) features.

They're just doing it the Apple way. For example, move button by 1 pixel, NEW FEATURE!!!1

Although Mango was actually a huuuuuge update for both consumers and developers, unlike iOS 3/4/5.

I'm so happy that MS got carriers involved BEFORE announcing a date.
That said, Mango cannot arrive soon enough.
Microsoft NEED to beat Apple's whatever announcement in October.

Also super stoked that we can update developer preview phones to retail 7.5 without restoring to NoDo!

Microsoft and Google should keep food as code names, then carriers can create "What's your flavor" campaigns that encompass Apple,Blackberry,IceCreamSandwich,Mango!

So "Mango" gets a fully detailed story, including carriers that say they will get and release the update, carriers that arent sure or have been delayed, while Android gets nothing of this sort?

htcz said,
So "Mango" gets a fully detailed story, including carriers that say they will get and release the update, carriers that arent sure or have been delayed, while Android gets nothing of this sort?

That might have something to do with Android's ****ed up system of updating, where Google, the phone OEM, and the carrier ALL have to agree to update a given phone. For example, even though HTC Desires in Europe have been shipping with 2.3 for ages now, the two main carriers of the phone in the US only released the 2.2 update a few months back, and don't even have any info on if or when they will update them to 2.3. So even though Google and HTC have updated the phone (with the cooperation of carriers in other countries), people in the US are screwed unless they want to (and are able to) root their phone.

roadwarrior said,

That might have something to do with Android's ****ed up system of updating, where Google, the phone OEM, and the carrier ALL have to agree to update a given phone. For example, even though HTC Desires in Europe have been shipping with 2.3 for ages now, the two main carriers of the phone in the US only released the 2.2 update a few months back, and don't even have any info on if or when they will update them to 2.3. So even though Google and HTC have updated the phone (with the cooperation of carriers in other countries), people in the US are screwed unless they want to (and are able to) root their phone.

Carriers announce when (more or less) their going to update their phones. Why isnt there a story when that happens?

cleverclogs said,
FFS. Took AGES to search for an update, and nothing yet here.
Optus, Australia.

AT&T just did that to me, too. Took much longer than any other previous attempt, so I figured it was up... no go.

cleverclogs said,
FFS. Took AGES to search for an update, and nothing yet here. Optus, Australia.

Maybe a lot of people are checking now... LOL In any event, I hope it's up soon... AND that I'm in the first wave...

rev23dev said,

AT&T just did that to me, too. Took much longer than any other previous attempt, so I figured it was up... no go.


LOL yes, amusing amount of time taken, just to get hopes up. Ah well, I wonder if the phone itself will come up with a prompt when it IS available.

cleverclogs said,

LOL yes, amusing amount of time taken, just to get hopes up. Ah well, I wonder if the phone itself will come up with a prompt when it IS available.

There should be a message on the phone, yes.

M_Lyons10 said,

Maybe a lot of people are checking now... LOL In any event, I hope it's up soon... AND that I'm in the first wave...

Getting an error when checking now. Maybe people have crashed the server. Heheh.

cleverclogs said,
FFS. Took AGES to search for an update, and nothing yet here. Optus, Australia.

I asked them earlier today (Tuesday, as it were)
"@Optus Is there any news on when the Windows Phone Mango update will be coming to Optus phones?"
and their response was:
"@WizardCM No news on this at the moment. Stay tuned though, we'll be sure to tweet once we have some details Tris"

Not very informative...
http://twitter.com/#!/Optus/status/118534310277038080

rev23dev said,

Getting an error when checking now. Maybe people have crashed the server. Heheh.


Nah, something about preparing the servers for the Mango onslaught... I mean update.

Three UK just hung up on me when I asked when mango is being released after I corrected the guy whom said that I need to get the update from the Samsung website!!!! Useless!

WP7 said,
Three UK just hung up on me when I asked when mango is being released after I corrected the guy whom said that I need to get the update from the Samsung website!!!! Useless!

Nice. What amazing customer support they must have...

windows95isg8 said,
Its not out yet for me.. im on UK Tmobile

Not out yet for me either. US Verizon... Is yours listed as Scheduling as well?

I wish they would of just done an iOS like deployment, I know the excuse "but every device is different"... yeah so is PC hardware... yet you can still put out a universal package and just have it pull drivers from a remote cache.... at least with iOS you can all update to the new version and not care waht the carrier wants...

I have to agree on this one. At least WP7 is better than Android in this regard. I still have no idea when or even if my wife's HTC Desire (on Cellular South here in the US) will get 2.3, much less anything else.

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,
I wish they would of just done an iOS like deployment, I know the excuse "but every device is different"... yeah so is PC hardware... yet you can still put out a universal package and just have it pull drivers from a remote cache.... at least with iOS you can all update to the new version and not care waht the carrier wants...

Yeah, I agree. I'm hoping as time goes by they'll be able to move to this sort of model. Maybe they just need a little more clout with the carriers at this point... I dunno.

M_Lyons10 said,
Yeah, I agree. I'm hoping as time goes by they'll be able to move to this sort of model. Maybe they just need a little more clout with the carriers at this point... I dunno.

What they need is a hardware platform that supports UEFI;

M_Lyons10 said,
Sorry for my ignorance, but what's that?

The BIOS replacement that's gonna make Windows 8 rock and boot super fast etc.
In other words, it's not as much the carrier as the variances in equipment used by all. UEFI could fix that. So, 7.x series phones won't get much better update wise, unless they finish with carrier approval before announcing to general public.

roadwarrior said,
I have to agree on this one. At least WP7 is better than Android in this regard. I still have no idea when or even if my wife's HTC Desire (on Cellular South here in the US) will get 2.3, much less anything else.
I agree with you there, Android is a mess at best in reguards to updates. As for your wife's HTC Desire, 2.3 is already out but not supported by carriers (you can install it your own risk and it may break things) lovely huh? (I have a HTC Desire as well, decided to stick with 2.2 )

M_Lyons10 said,
I can't wait to get the update... Here's hoping it rolls to my phone shortly.

Same here. Just restored my phone to a stock NoDo ROM from the developer version of Mango. Dang, I miss some of those Mango features already!!

roadwarrior said,

Same here. Just restored my phone to a stock NoDo ROM from the developer version of Mango. Dang, I miss some of those Mango features already!!

LOL, I'll bet. I keep hitting refresh in Zune to "Check for updates..." LOL

roadwarrior said,

Same here. Just restored my phone to a stock NoDo ROM from the developer version of Mango. Dang, I miss some of those Mango features already!!

Didn't you get the Friends & Family Beta Cleanup Update?
It would have allowed you to go from the Mango Beta to Mango Final without reverting to NoDo

neo158 said,

Didn't you get the Friends & Family Beta Cleanup Update?
It would have allowed you to go from the Mango Beta to Mango Final without reverting to NoDo


I'm running the dev build (7712) and have not as of 2 hours ago. From what Joe Belfiore was saying on Twitter, it sounds like devs are going to have to wait a few more weeks for the Friends & Family update.

neo158 said,

Didn't you get the Friends & Family Beta Cleanup Update?
It would have allowed you to go from the Mango Beta to Mango Final without reverting to NoDo


It never showed up on my phone for some reason. I was planning on cleaning up my phone anyway, so it was quicker just to go back to the stock NoDo and get a fresh clean Mango update when it rolls out.

After many, many delays, the next big revision of Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system, Windows Phone 7.5 codenamed “Mango” is finally here for most users.

Um... This is false. They said "fall" and it's coming out the first week or two of fall... It has never been delayed. The other dates were rumors only.

M_Lyons10 said,

Um... This is false. They said "fall" and it's coming out the first week or two of fall... It has never been delayed. The other dates were rumors only.

I agree with M_Lyons, Microsoft never said a date. Any date published before was rumor that the community clung and sold to the readers as fact.

M_Lyons10 said,

Um... This is false. They said "fall" and it's coming out the first week or two of fall... It has never been delayed. The other dates were rumors only.

Thanks for clarifying. Updated the post

Looking at the update schedule for Mango, it seems almost all carriers have done testing, and so a release "Within 10 working days" is looking likely, and en mass!

mdtaUK said,
Looking at the update schedule for Mango, it seems almost all carriers have done testing, and so a release "Within 10 working days" is looking likely, and en mass!

Yeah. Hopefully in less than 10 days. lol I mean, if AT&T said that they would be shipping the update on the 27th and they're currently in "Scheduling" and so is pretty much everyone else... I'm hopeful that it will ship today or tomorrow.